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The Passions in Play
Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama

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  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037655

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  • This book subjects the most accomplished and important of Seneca's tragedies Thyestes to the kind of critical analysis now available for authors such as Virgil, Ovid and Lucan. Drawing many insights from psychoanalytic theory, and recent advances in post-Virgilian literary criticism, it also discusses several other plays of Seneca. The volume presents, therefore, a detailed and comprehensive analysis of all the main themes and stylistic features of Seneca's tragedies. While stressing the importance of Thyestes in post-Classical aesthetics, the study offers important insights into authors such as Ovid and Lucan as well.

    • Focuses on Seneca's best play and the one most frequently read
    • Makes sophisticated use of literary and psychoanalytic theory
    • Pays sustained attention to the connection between Seneca's style and themes
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    "This is a richly rewarding book with much to say about one of the world's great tragic dramas." New England Classical Journal

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    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037655
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.456kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Note on translations
    Introduction
    1. Poetry, passions and knowledge
    2. Staging Thyestes
    3. A craftier Tereus
    4. Atreus rex
    5. Fata se vertunt retro
    6. The poetics of passions
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index of passages cited
    General index.

  • Author

    Alessandro Schiesaro, King's College London
    Alessandro Schiesaro is Professor of Latin Language and Literature at King's College London. He has co-edited, with Thomas Habinek, The Roman Cultural Revolution (1997; ISBN 0521 580927).

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